Yaroslav Trofimov on the Siege of Mecca

Yaroslav Trofimov

Journalist Yaroslav Trofimov was born in Ukraine; he's reported from France, Israel, Italy and, since the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, across the Islamic world. Courtesy Yaroslav Trofimov hide caption

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A foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Yaroslav Trofimov traces the beginning of the global jihad to Nov. 20, 1979.

It was the first morning of the new Muslim century, and hundreds of fundamentalist gunmen seized Islam's holiest shrine — the Grand Mosque in Mecca. The event and its ringleaders have since inspired militants, including al-Qaida.

Trofimov is also the author of Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu.

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